Sustainability services at Berkshire Communities

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Responsible Sustainability at Berkshire Communities

A Commitment to Our Planet

The Responsible Sustainability initiative at Berkshire Communities is rooted in a holistic philosophy that includes ecologically-centric policies and processes for water conservation, energy efficiency, transportation, recycling, environmental impact, and the leveraging of technology.

CORPORATE INITIATIVES

Corporate Initiatives

  • Reduce carbon footprint
  • Encourage recycling 
  • Increase the social responsibility for the corporate offices
  • Conserve energy
  • Promote use of public transportation
  • Support a culture of diversity
  • Exhibit resilience in disasters
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Social Responsibility

  • Community outreach
  • Smoke-free environment
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CULTURE OF INCLUSION AND SUCCESS

Culture of Inclusion and Success

  • Diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Awards and recognition
  • Financial management courses
  • Professional affiliations and development programs
  • Long average employee tenure
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WATER CONSERVATION

Water Conservation

  • Ongoing monitoring of ADC (Average Daily Consumption) for all Berkshire Communities properties, including benchmarking of the highest performing properties and applying those techniques throughout the portfolio
  • Faucet aerators utilized to mix air with water to decrease water consumption
  • Low-flow toilets and shower heads installed to minimize water consumption
  • Landscape planning that incorporates water-saving techniques
  • Use of reclaimed water for irrigation

 

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Energy Efficiency

  • Ongoing monitoring of electric and gas consumption, with benchmarking to identify and strive for best practices
  • Nest Learning Thermostats in apartment units to monitor and optimize energy consumption
  • Motion detectors in models and common areas to limit unnecessary energy use
  • Ceiling fans installed to increase airflow, creating less use of HVAC systems
  • Dual-pane windows used to save energy by providing additional insulation and creating less usage of HVAC systems
  • Digital thermostats used in office and common areas for more precise temperature settings
  • Appliance upgrades utilize the Energy Star replacement program
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or LED lighting used in models, common areas and for garage lighting
  • Vacant utility expenses program, which monitors vacant apartment units to ensure that energy is not being used unnecessarily while the unit is not occupied
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TRANSPORTATION

Transportation

  • Electric car charging stations
  • Use of electric golf carts for property tours and maintenance
  • Bicycle storage for residents
  • Focus on development or acquisition of communities that are walkable or close to public transportation, retail, dining, and other amenities
  • Information on transit routes and schedules provided in lobby
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RECYCLING PROGRAMS

Recycling Programs

  • Engagement of waste management consultants
  • Recycling programs in place for each property, including recycling bins in offices and common areas
  • Use of recycled or biodegradable paper products in offices and on properties – including copy paper, paper towels, recycled coffee cups and bathroom tissue
  • Installation of carpet that is recyclable and/or made from recyclable materials
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RESILIENCE

Resilience

  • Advanced planning for building operations and office continuation of business during natural disasters and other unforeseen events 
  • Systems in place to mitigate exposure to disasters through planning, education and frequent review of enterprise risk at all business locations 

 

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